July 21, 2011

HE CAN LEAST AFFORD FOR THE OTHER MAN STANDING TO BE A GOVERNOR:

Mitt Romney's Fundraising Pitch: What He Tells High Rollers Behind Closed Doors (ABC News: The Note, July 21, 2011)

According to a top donor who also has knowledge of the campaign-and was in attendance Tuesday night-said Romney repeated his consistent pitch to the crowd, "Obama was a nice guy and America did something they like to do and that is trust a likable guy, well spoken guy, handsome guy, and well meaning guy, but it turns out he's clueless about handling the sophisticated economics stuff."

According to the donor Romney added, "Obama has never had a business job, never had to lead an organization. Never, not once."

But his pitch also veers away from what he says on the stump. When Romney gets into the room with potential donors trying to lure them to his campaign, he's consistently asked how he's going to win. According to several donors, Romney tells the crowd that his strategy will work: they will win New Hampshire and Nevada and are hoping to "get lucky" in Iowa and South Carolina. They believe if they win 3 out of those 4 contests they will sail to the nomination. If they only win two they believe they will be one of two candidates left in the race and he'll push his jobs message to victory from that point on and they think he'll have the cash to last, unlike last time.

The same fundraiser says the campaign calls it the "Bob Dole playbook" referring to Bob Dole's 1996 campaign where he was able to defeat Pat Buchanan. Like in that campaign, the Romney team sees the primary coming down to Romney and an "unelectable hard right counterweight," which would enable Romney to be victorious.



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